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  • 20-month diploma
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
            4 month co-op work experience between year one and year two
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

The Architectural Technology diploma program is a comprehensive, two year, direct entry program consisting of four 16-week semesters. You will complete a four month co-operative work term between year one and year two that will provide you with related and practical experience in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Upon graduation from the program, career options available to you may include working with:

  • Architects or Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Home Builders
  • Contractors
  • Fabricators

In the Architectural Technology program, you will experience a wide-ranging curriculum of courses that emphasize the learning and practical application of current design and constructions techniques. You will take advanced courses and build on competencies gained as you move from semester to semester. Courses include subjects such as:

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Architectural Detailing
  • Building Science
  • Structural Systems
  • Codes and Standards
  • Project Management
  • Specifications and Contract Administration
  • Green Building and Sustainability

A capstone project is incorporated into the final term.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

A strong background in science is recommended.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math (Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S is highly recommended)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirements
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math (Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S is highly recommended)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

Red River College Polytechnic will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 31, 2022.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 28, 2023 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
Year 2
1Includes a Co-op term of $927.
2Includes $1800 for the purchase of a laptop and $400 for PPE (safety boots, hard hat, high visibility vest, eye protection, work gloves)
3Includes a Co-op term of $927

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
CIVL-1011Algebra & Trigonometry 1
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This math course covers fundamental principles, definitions of mathematical terms and basic graphing techniques.  Students will learn to simplify expressions and solve equations involving trigonometric functions, systems of linear equations, factoring and fractions.

CIVL-1012Computer Applications 1
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This course will teach the fundamentals of MS Office software including Word and Excel.

Students will be taught features in WORD to produce memos, letters, reports, and resumes, and in EXCEL they will create lists, perform simple calculations, add graphics, use a LOOKUP table, link data, and create and edit charts.  Students will also use various methods to transfer data and graphics from WORD and EXCEL to PowerPoint and graphics to AutoCAD, and drawings from AutoCAD to WORD and PowerPoint.

CIVL-1013Statics and Strength of Materials 1
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Statics is the study of forces that act on a structure at rest. This course consists of the basic principles that allow the determination of forces carried by structural bodies and frames. Some of the learning outcomes topics are: (force characteristics, moment force, Resultant Force, equilibrium, Free Body Diagrams and Truss Analysis). This course is delivered via in class lectures and the LEARN management system (database).

CIVL-1014Surveying 1
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This course will introduce the fundamentals of survey measurement and equipment use, profile plotting, grade calculations and topographic surveying. This course includes a practical field component consisting of basic measurement exercises using surveyor's levels and digital Total Stations.

CIVL-1016Technical Communication 1
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The course focuses on developing students’ written and oral communication skills within a technical environment. Teaching will include how to summarize and synthesize information effectively for delivery in both oral and written form.

CIVL-1017Technical Graphics
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This course provides students with an introduction to and an understanding of the construction drawing conventions, annotation methods, scaling and an understanding of the fundamental tools and techniques using AutoCAD computer aided drafting software. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to produce moderately complex, two-dimensional working drawings using both imperial and metric units. Students will be introduced to the concepts of formatting units, layers, line weights, line types, text, dimensions, and paper space. Furthermore, students will examine how to add or modify objects, text, dimensions, hatching, and blocks.

CIVL-1018College Expectations and Survival Skills
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This course outlines the college expectations for students, and gives them reference material to enhance their survival skills, for success in their chosen field of study, and their career, to assist them with finding the resources they need; to decrease preventable drop outs and help students achieve their goals to graduate. Installation of current college-supplied software for various courses is also included in this segment.

CIVL-1020Professional Ethics
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The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of ethics and decision making in the workplace. Practical functions are introduced including: understanding the foundation of ethics; personal morality and lifestyle; social ethics; professional expectations in the workplace; construction contracts; the role of government; common myths; architectural issues & construction defects; engineering & construction defects; construction defects & litigation; care, custody & control; specialized & investigative services; expert witness; and CTTAM Code of Ethics & Guidelines. Employee/employer centric exercises, case studies and practical assignments will provide an identifiable linkage between more abstract theory and real world practice and assist successful students to master ethical decision making. Techniques learned will also be applied to other courses and on-the-job experiences. Wherever practicable case studies and reading references will be based on the construction industry and related fields.

CIVL-1022Building Science
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Building science principles are required to understand how a building functions and reacts to its environment, and to improve its efficiency and durability. You will investigate the effects that the movement of air, heat, moisture and wind have on the building envelope and be able to describe critical components such as insulating materials, air and vapour barriers, their use, applications and properties. A variety of building envelope solutions for cold climates will be explored.

CIVL-1023BIM Fundamentals
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This course will explore Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the use of Autodesk® Revit. You will be introduced to the concepts of building information modelling, the production of construction documents - plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules and 3D views - with work in both imperial and metric measurements. Projects include residential, multistory commercial, and renovation work.

CIVL-1024Architectural Detailing 1
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In this course, students will learn about the production of "working drawings" as they relate to the scope of work in a professional architectural office. Students will produce working drawings to current industry standards from written, sketched and oral data, of a design-controlled commercial building project, consisting of multiple occupancies and to current detailing practices, with an emphasis on horizontal elements of plan views. Students will learn about the various building materials, systems and construction techniques required to produce a proper set of architectural working drawings for a small "commercial type" building. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.

CIVL-1025Building Mechanical Systems
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This course is designed to provide an outline of the design, function and operation of mechanical systems for buildings. You will be introduced to the basic components of mechanical systems and will discuss the relationship between building envelope design, energy use, sustainability and human comfort. You will develop an understanding of mechanical system terminology.

CIVL-1026Building Structural Systems
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You will learn about common building practices and materials related to Part 9 of The National Building Code - "Housing and Small Buildings". Your studies will include reinforced concrete, structural steel and wood framing practices which will be used to create structural engineering drawings using industry standard structural drawing conventions and techniques.

CIVL-1027Bldg Materials and Environment
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In this course, you will learn about the major building materials used in the construction industry. You will review typical manufacturing and processing, end uses and maintenance requirements for each material. The course will enable you to select and specify appropriate materials for buildings. In addition, you will learn to assess the condition of building materials, propose possible causes of deterioration, evaluate if maintenance is required, and plan remediation. You will be introduced to green building technology and how material composition and selection affects the environment. A term project evaluates the use of building materials through a case study.

CIVL-1028Principles Const Documentation
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Developed by Construction Specifications Canada, the Principals of Construction Documentation course is an introductory course that will enable you to develop an understanding of construction documentation(specifications, drawings, and schedules), products, bidding procedures, and contracts. This course will emphasize the relationship that exists between specifications and drawings, and the role of the industry participants.

CIVL-1029Codes and Standards
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In this course, you will learn to use the Manitoba Building Code (MBC), [i.e. the National Building Code (NBC) including the relevant and latest "Manitoba Amendments"] and how the provisions of the Code impact the design and construction of these types of buildings. Topics will include the format, terminology and definitions of the Code, building classification relevant to use and occupancy, construction types, fire-resistance ratings, occupant load, building size, area of unprotected openings, means of egress, exit and washroom requirements. Part 3 of the NBC will also include an emphasis on "barrier free design." You will learn how the Code applies to residential construction, including such topics as span tables and stair design. Additional topics of study will include the National Fire Code (NFC), the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MEBC), and the City of Winnipeg's zoning by-laws and standards.

CIVL-2033Intermediate BIM
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This course will build upon concepts learned in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Fundamentals and will introduce topics to advance you in the mastery of software used in the production and management of BIM models. You will be introduced to concepts including project templates, family creation, and document preparation. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.

CIVL-2034Architectural Detailing 2
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In this course, students will examine and study building practices, techniques, systems, assemblies and materials used in the construction of residential and small commercial buildings. Students will work with the detailing and production of "working drawings" of a "design-controlled" single-family residence. Learning will focus on what is often termed as the "wood-frame construction" and the "wood-frame module" using common industry terminology. Students will study the implications and effect that zoning and code regulations have on the building. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.

CIVL-2035MEP Detailing
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This course is designed to provide you with the skills required to interpret and produce mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) drawings as related to the design and construction of buildings. You will be introduced to the standards and requirements for creating MEP drawings and their relationship between the architecture and structural disciplines.

CIVL-2036Structural Detailing
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This course consists of applying learned concepts of line convention, geometric constructions, orthographic projection, and sectional drawings using decimal, fractional imperial and metric SI units of measurement. You will apply regional standards and techniques used in the preparation of structural working drawings, and will be introduced to components and materials used in commercial construction including structural steel, reinforced concrete (both cast in place and pre-cast), and masonry construction. This involves extensive sketching at the beginning and ends with working drawings, created with the version of AutoCAD® used in your first year studies.

CIVL-2037Specs and Contract Admin
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This course will explore the administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of the project. You will be introduced to the specification process on projects including writing styles used by professionals, contracts, bidding, legal issues, disputes, and how to close out a project.

CIVL-2038Estimating and QTO
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This course will provide you with an understanding of the content and organization of Contract Documents, and how they are used in the estimating, bidding and construction phases of a project. You will learn the basic procedures for preparing detailed quantity take-offs, pricing of labour and materials, and calculation of general expenses. Also covered will be an introduction to the various contract administration procedures and processes.

CIVL-2039Building Interior Detailing
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In this course, you will explore the concepts required to effectively detail an architectural project as it applies to the interior details. You will be introduced to the detailing requirements as they apply to complex millwork, interior architectural elements, material characteristics, component connections and custom furnishings.

CIVL-2040Green Bldgs and Sustainability
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The course will provide you with an overview of current green building materials and systems used in construction. Sustainable and integrated approaches to current technology and materials will be reviewed.

CIVL-3028Advanced BIM
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This course will build upon concepts learned in Intermediate Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will introduce topics to advance your skills in the mastery of software used in the production and management of BIM models. You will be introduced to concepts including massing, design options, creating families, and collaborative techniques. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.

CIVL-3029Architectural Detailing 3
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This course will build upon the skills learned in Architectural Detailing 2. You will continue to incorporate content from the structural, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines and courses. You will produce architectural working drawings with a focus on the drawing and detailing of more "vertical" representations of building sections, wall sections, stair sections and details. You will incorporate applicable building codes and programming implications, with the emphasis concentrating on other required elements of a project's working drawings. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.

CIVL-3030Capstone Project
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This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, concepts, and methods of architectural technology that are covered throughout the entirety of the program. You will complete a 'design-controlled' project that reflects the current practice in architectural firms. You will be responsible to complete a set of predefined deliverables that emulate the schematic design, design development, and contract document phases of an architectural project.

CMDP-1010Report Writing
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This course examines the process of creating, developing, and presenting reports. It focuses on learning the basic steps and how-to's of writing a report including organizing and conducting an investigation, accurately documenting report sources, and planning, writing and completing the report.

Prerequisite is dependent on the program being taken.
CMDP-3003Project Management 1
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This course serves as a general introduction to and an overview of Project Management practice in construction. Students will become familiar with key terms and internal and external factors that influence a project’s success. The life cycle and organization of a project is described. The course also introduces students to the nine knowledge areas and five process groups which comprise the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge. A variety of tools and techniques used in the management of projects will be introduced.

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

WRKE-1017Co-op Work Placement
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You are required to complete a 4-month Co-operative Education Work Term (from May to August) between the two academic years. You must complete a minimum of 16-weeks work experience to get credit for the work term. This work experience may be completed with more than one employer. The work must be in an area that will complement your program with relevant "real world" experience. Positions must be paid employment, not work shadowing or volunteer work.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating terms of academic study and employment.

As an Architectural Technology student, you will graduate with 4 months of related work experience, gained through co-op education. 

The College does not guarantee employment.

For more information regarding co-op work experience in the Civil Engineering Technology Program, please contact:

Dylan Yanchynksi or Dwayne Sayers 

Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management


Email: civilco-op@rrc.ca

Computer/Laptop Requirements

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer and related software for use throughout the program.

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College.

Do not purchase a laptop until you have been accepted and registered in the program.

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop that meets or exceeds the following specifications

1. Intel processor 2.5GHz at minimum (strongly recommend an i7 processor).
    Do not get an Intel Celeron processor.
2. 8 GB basic (strongly recommended 16GB) for memory
3. Wireless capability.
4. Be sure that your computer can also connect using network cable.
    You will need additional adaptor if your laptop does not have an Ethernet port.
5. A network cable is necessary at all times in the classrooms (approximately 5 feet or 1.5 meters).
6. Windows 10 Desktop Operating System. (64bit)
7. A mouse is required, especially for AutoCAD. (does not need to be fancy; must have a ‘roller-wheel’).
8. Additional software will be provided such as MS Office. Installation will occur during class time using the network cable you bring, not over the wireless network.

Requirements for the AutoCAD 2020 can be found at (final version of software to be used for course work will be decided at a later date and installed in AutoCAD class):

The College will provide a detailed list of required software, network access, and help desk support if you require assistance. You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.

Off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the program, you should be able to:

  • Participate in pre-construction functions including data gathering, sketching and estimating to create construction drawings using industry software such as CAD and BIM
  • Apply codes, bylaws and regulations to ensure health and safety, fire protection, barrier free access and structural sufficiency
  • Research and apply sustainable building practices to comply with building programs such as LEED
  • Use, adapt and maximize technologies to create and manage building information
  • Integrate architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical disciplines within the building project to promote construction efficiency
  • Prepare project manuals, using industry specific software, to delineate quality of material and workmanship
  • Administer construction contracts to ensure compliance with project contract documents
  • Demonstrate verbal, graphic, written, and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively in teams
  • Administer project resources by establishing, scheduling and monitoring project activities and tasks within constraints of time, costs and quality
  • Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethics, accountability, resourcefulness and lifelong learning

Transfer Credit Opportunities

You may continue studies with advanced credit standings towards other College programs and various university programs.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact the Student Service Center at 204-632-2327 or 1-800-903-7707 (Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:45pm) or by email register@rrc.ca.

For detailed program information, or to explore your suitability for these programs in more detail, email your inquiries to archtech@rrc.ca.

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

Academic Advising Service
Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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